It is with great sadness to report that local actress Tricia McCauley has been found dead. She was 46 years old.
The Metropolitan Police Department reported on Monday, December 26, 2016 that Tricia McCauley had gone missing on Christmas Day.
In response to the many people concerned about the situation, Tricia’s brother Brian McCauley said, “Tricia is gone, they have found her body. Thank you all for your work, support and love. To all of her DC family, I know she truly thought of you that way, thank you for being there for her all these years. Hang on to each other.”
Adrian Duane Johnson, age 29 has been charged with first-degree murder in her death. Police said an autopsy shows that she had been strangled.
As an actress, Tricia McCauley appeared on stage in numerous productions at the Washington Stage Guild, Theater J, Imagination Stage, and many others. Tricia McCauley is known for her TV/Film work on The Paper Girl (2000), Step Up (2006) and Never Dream: The Beginning (2012). She was a member of AEA-SAG-AFTRA.
Ari Roth, Artistic Director of Mosaic Theatre said, “A beloved emblem of youth, pluck, light, industriousness, determination, joy, struggle — an artist whose life told a story of seeking and achieving balance, health, beauty amidst hardship — has been taken. Family and friends are shaken by the violence of her loss. It is terribly sad and wholly unfair. Much love to all who knew her and who will now wish they knew her more. Healing prayers too.”
Janet Stanford, Artistic Director, and Kathryn Chase Bryer, Associate Artistic Director of Imagination Stage added, “We are so saddened by the tragic news about Tricia McCauley, with whom Imagination Stage had the good fortune to work several times early in her career. Tricia was a regular Shakespeare instructor at our White Flint location, where she imparted her theatrical wisdom and love for the classics to dozens of adoring teen students. She also starred in several of our shows including ‘Lyle and the Crocodile,’ ‘Aladdin’s Luck,’ and a play about the ethics surrounding biotechnology by Jason Kravits called ‘The Cutting Edge.’ Tricia brought her great intelligence, as well as a terrific sense of fun to all her acting work. She was respected and loved by everyone she worked with. We dedicated today’s performances of ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ to Tricia’s memory. She will be missed but never forgotten by the friends, colleagues, and many audiences she touched.”
MD Theatre Guide’s thoughts and prayers are with the friends, family, and co-workers of this gifted actress who left us too soon.
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